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John P. Sheahan letter on enlistment, Augusta, 1862

John P. Sheahan letter on enlistment, Augusta, 1862

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John P. Sheahan (1842-1894) wrote to his father in Dennysville to tell him that he had enlisted "for Biddeford" in the Cavalry and gotten his town bounty of $100. Sheehan said the papers he had taken to Augusta with him were "no good" and he had to enlist again. He promised his father he would not drink any liquor while in the service. Sheahan served in Co. K of the 1st Maine Cavalry from August 1862 until March 1864. He was then commissioned as an officer in the 31st Maine Infantry and served until July 1865.

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